USFW seeks Fish Biologist (Boise, ID)

Job Close Date: 
August 7, 2015 - 11:59pm

This position is in the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP) Program Office, located in Boise, Idaho. In this position, you will serve in a technical and policy role to identify and negotiate changes in the LSRCP hatchery program to meet the Principles of Hatchery Reform, while simultaneously assuring that obligations under the Water Resources Development Act of 1976, the US vs. Oregon Court stipulated Columbia River Fishery Management Plan, and Endangered Species Act requirements are met.


-Act as the policy and technical expert regarding the scientific principles of Fish Hatchery Reform, examining hatchery operations and practices. Develop alternatives and recommendations for program changes needed to meet Hatchery Reform Principles at all facilities.
-Serve as the representative to the US. vs. Oregon Court stipulated Production Advisory Committee, advocating and negotiating for changes in the production programs.
-Serve as the representative to the Operational Planning Teams in the Snake Basin (Clearwater Basin, Salmon Basin, Northeast Oregon, and Southeast Washington.) Compare annual operating plans developed by state and tribal partners, identifying discrepancies in proposed operating plans and alternatives. Negotiate with partners to improve compliance with legal obligations.
-In consultation with NOAA Fisheries, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Ecological Services, and our partners; negotiate policies and practices for the Hatchery Program that will meet USFWS obligations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Develop biological assessments for the hatchery program. Review, edit, and approve annual ESA reports submitted by cooperators.
-Act as the technical policy representative for USFWS on regional teams to review, formulate, plan, and negotiate modifications to existing production programs within the Columbia River Basin to resolve highly controversial problems and to assure coordination and consistency within FWS production programs.
-Develop and/or coordinate development of biological assessments necessary to implement the Lower Snake River Compensation Program. Work with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), USFWS Ecological Services, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other federal and state agencies to obtain biological opinions and other permits necessary to construct and implement the Lower Snake River Compensation Program. Projects are related to development, repair, and/or replacement of weirs, water intakes, and other projects necessary to operate hatcheries, and conduct monitoring and evaluation of hatchery programs.

If selected at the GS-12 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.

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